Head Coach Pete Carroll addressed the media this afternoon as part of his weekly Wednesday press conference ahead of this afternoon’s 2:00 p.m. practice and preparation for their divisional-round playoff matchup against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at the Georgia Dome.
“We’re very fortunate to be in this situation,” Carroll said of Sunday’s game against the Falcons. “We’re looking forward to all of it. Everybody has a good energy about it.”
Carroll was quick to note the success of Falcons head coach Mike Smith, who has compiled a 56-23 record in the regular season since taking over the job in 2008.
“They’re so consistent, so extraordinarily disciplined, and he’s kept them on top for a long time,” Carroll said of Smith’s track record.
One of the matchups that will be at the center of attention on Sunday is the one between Falcons wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White and Seahawks cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman, who all measure 6-feet, 195-pounds and above and have out-muscled their opponents all season.
“It’s a really exciting matchup,” Carroll said. “We expect our guys to play like they always play. It’s going to be really exciting to see.”
Carroll also commented on recently signed kicker Ryan Longwell, who replaced the injured Steven Hauschka on the active roster today, as well as defensive end Patrick Chukwurah, who was signed to the active roster in place of the injured Chris Clemons.
“He’s been here before,” Carroll said of Longwell’s playoff experience. “He was flawless in the workout – banged a nice 50-yarder.”
On Chukwurah, Carroll noted his ability to contribute on special teams as a key factor in his signing.
“We get somebody that will come in here and play really hard,” said Carroll. “That’s a guarantee with Pat. He’s in great shape. Wait until you see him.”
Finally, the focus shifted to rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin, who is expected to step in for the injured Clemons in the starting lineup.
“He can feel the sense of urgency,” Carroll said. “He has a consistent work ethic and has learned a tremendous amount. He’s got a lot to live up to.”
Our Insiders Clare Farnsworth and Tony Ventrella will be back with more following today’s player availability and practice session. Until then, be sure to check out Carroll’s full video press conference below: